PERALTA, N.M. (KRQE) – In Valencia County, Highway 47 is a very busy stretch of road and an outdated one.
“It’s been marked extremely dangerous,” said Kelly Fajardo the State Representative for Valencia County.
Drivers from Bosque Farms to Belen and all towns in between use the road daily. “We’ve got a couple of dangerous intersections here,” said Bryan
“We’ve got a couple of dangerous intersections here,” said Bryan Oleguin the Mayor of the Town of Peralta.
Highway 47 has been the scene of numerous crashes over the years because of speeders and a lack of turn lanes and medians.
“We’ve had a lot of problems over the years,” said Oleguin.
So the New Mexico Department of Transportation worked with the town of Peralta to make some major improvements. They held a ribbon cutting Monday on the two-mile, $12 million project.
“Valencia County has been trying to get this for close to 20 years now,” said Oleguin.
In addition to turn lanes, DOT installed raised medians to prevent head-on crashes and put in sidewalks and bike lanes along with more drainage to reduce flooding. The town also worked with DOT to bury their sewer lines under the road.
Above all, Oleguin said, safety is the main priority.
“That’s where most people commute to Albuquerque for work, so this was a very, very important project. More for outside the Town of Peralta than for the town of Peralta.”